Trip Start Jul 04, 2011
Trip End Aug 04, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We arrived in Munich in the evening and we had just got to our hotel when another thunderstorm started. We watched it from the window a bit.
The next day we headed out to catch Mike's Bike Tour of the city, but managed to get lost and miss the start time. It was raining, so we headed to the Deutches Museum. This place was packed! but really cool. We saw and took pictures of lots of airplanes, an exhibit about space, boats, the first German U-Boat (U1) and other cool things. Then we took a rainy walk through the town square, went up a tower to see the views, did some shopping and went to the Hofbrauhaus. The Hoftbrauhaus was pretty cool - it is a huge indoor beer garden. It was filled with tourists, but we got a great table where we could see a lot of what was going on. A band was playing, the food was good and beer came in huge 1 L mugs!

The second day, Andrew went to Dachau in the morning and I went to The art gallery

The Art Gallery in Munich is actually 3 galleries Pinakothek Moderne (2oth century art) Pinakothek Neue (18th and 19th centuries) and the original Pinakothek (about Pre-1700 paintings, some which it has owned since it was built in about 1750 - it's amazing). I saw many very beautiful and famous paintings, including one by Andy Warhol, a modern art installation of crushed cars, paintings by Raphael, Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh and I was able to take pictures of some of my favourite ones (although they look so much more interesting in real life). It is amazing how life-like some of the old paintings area nd how bright the colors are, even though they are 400 to 700 + years old. You can kind of get a glimpse of what life was like that long ago. I really liked the building itself of the Pinakothek Neue. It was re-built after it was bombed during the war and is really beautiful.

Later in the day, we did go on Mike's Bike Tour. I had a fantastic aqua bike with white flowers and a basket! Fun! It was pretty easy to bike in Munich - there are lots of bike lanes, although a few times we had to dodge some wild pedestrians. We saw the Old town Square, the Residenz (palace), the beautiful park, Englischer Garten, (including surfers!) where we stopped to eat at a beer garden with our group. It was very fun.
After the tour was over, we went for a walk through Viktualienmarkt - Munich's outdoor food market.
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